Blame it on Selfish Ambition
By: Jayla Storms
What is to blame for Macbeth's downfall?
Macbeth had already began to consider killing King Duncan before Lady Macbeth had heard about the witches' prophecies. Macbeth was reluctant to kill Duncan at first, but he figured if he wanted to become king, something had to happen to Duncan. Macbeth explained how he didn't want "...light [to] see [his] black and deep desires" (1.4. 59). Macbeth didn't want to be the one who had to kill Duncan, but, in the end, he let his greed take over.
Hyperbaton ~ "Wake Duncan with thy knocking! I would thou couldst!"(2.2. 96).
At first when Macbeth killed Duncan, he couldn't live with the guilt. Macbeth had just came out of Duncan's room after killing him. He was carrying the daggers he used to kill Duncan, and couldn't take them back to the scene of the crime because he didn't want to look at what he had done to Duncan. Lady Macbeth returned the daggers and placed them by Duncan to make it look like his servants committed the crime. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth heard knocking on the door, and Macbeth said,"Wake Duncan with they knocking! I would thou couldst!"(2.2. 96). A hyperbaton is being used because of the placement of the words. Normally it would say,"I wish you could wake Duncan with your knocking." Instead the author twisted the sentence around to make the most important part stand out. Macbeth is wishing the person knocking was able to wake Duncan up. The reader knows Macbeth just killed Duncan, so it's showing he's already regretting his decision.
Irony ~ "Here had we now our country's honor, roofed, were the graced person of our Banquo present; Who may I rather challenge for unkindness than pity for mischance!"(3.4. 51-54).
Hubris ~ "Thou losest labor. As easy mayst thou the intrenchant air with thy keen sword impress as make me bleed" (5.8. 11-13).
How does "The Family that Preys" connect with Macbeth?
William was having an affair with Andrea Bennett, who worked at the company as an accountant. Her husband, Chris, worked with the actual construction part of the company. Chris wanted to start his own construction firm, and asked Andrea to talk to William for him about investing in his company. Andrea told him William had better things to do than help him out, as he was a multi-millionaire. Chris began asking other construction companies, and when William found out, he confronted Andrea. He told her he was going to fire Chris because he didn't want competition and it wasn't good for business. This also relates to Macbeth because he had Banquo killed because he felt like he was a threat to his throne. He also had Macduff's family killed because he couldn't get to Macduff. He killed them because Macduff was trying to help Malcolm, Duncan's son, get the throne back from Macbeth. Both Macbeth and William didn't want a challenge to come between their ultimate goals.
How does Justin Timberlake's "What Goes Around...Comes Around" relate to Macbeth's downfall?
What Goes Around...Comes Around By: Justin Timberlake
"Don't wanna think about it
Don't wanna talk about it
I'm just so sick about it
I can't believe it's ending this way"
Even though Macbeth thought he was unbeatable, he ultimately destroyed himself. The witches told Macbeth that he'd never be harmed by anyone woman-born, which gave him confidence that he wouldn't be killed by anyone and he'd die of natural causes. When Macduff finds out that Macbeth had his family killed, he wanted to fight Macbeth. When they go to battle, Macbeth tells Macduff that he isn't able to be harmed by anyone who was born from a woman, so he's wasting his time. Macduff then tells Macbeth that"...[he] was from his mother's womb untimely ripped"(5.8. 19-20). Macbeth realizes the witches tricked him into having false confidence, but doesn't want to give up and give his crown to Malcolm. He decides to fight Macduff until death. The lyrics represent what Macbeth was thinking and feeling after he understood his fate. He spent a long time building up his confidence since Duncan, and thinking he wouldn't be harmed. He never thought that he'd be caught and eventually be terminated for good.